Jordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous'

Jordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous'
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrats object to Meadows passing note to Jordan from dais Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Horowitz to appear before second Senate panel next week MORE (R-Ohio) pushed back against Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Photographer leaves Judiciary hearing after being accused of taking photos of member notes Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.) calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE's dealings with Ukraine "bribery," dismissing Pelosi's claim and doubling down on his support of the president.

"It's ridiculous, just ridiculous," Jordan told NPR's Audie Cornish on Thursday evening.

In reference to Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Senate confirms Trump's Russia ambassador Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Giuliani associate Lev Parnas's bail MORE, Trump's personal lawyer, Jordan said "The president is allowed to have who he wants involved in diplomatic concerns."

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"Presidents have had Bono do diplomatic missions, they have had all kinds of people," Jordan noted.

The extent to which Giuliani was involved in diplomatic talks with Ukraine has been a contentious and key issue in the ongoing impeachment hearings. While he is Trump's personal lawyer, Giuliani isn't an official employee of the U.S. government.

In Wednesday's public impeachment hearings, George Kent and William Taylor both expressed concern over Giuliani's role in diplomatic talks. Taylor stated that the former mayor's involvement in dictating foreign policy was an "irregular channel." 

Additionally in the interview, Jordan asserted yet again his belief that a quid pro quo never occurred between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“It didn’t happen. That’s the whole point," Jordan said.

"The aid was released in spite of a justified concern about what happened in 2016 when so many high government officials in Ukraine were against the president and for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Clinton tweets impeachment website, encourages voters to 'see the evidence for themselves' MORE … in spite of the fact that Ukraine’s one of the most corrupt countries on the planet … this president released the aid.”

However, according to NPR, the Pentagon had already reviewed Ukraine's status and deemed them ready to receive the congressionally approved aid in May.